Originally Posted by BandB
So, really to me if it brings you pleasure without bringing you stress or pressure, then it's your version of simple.
That's a pretty good summary, I think. Our PNW boat is what I consider fairly minimal for the kind of cruising one does up here. That's compared to some boats I've seen than have every possible means of navigation, communication, and comfort and convenience.
We have a couple of plotters, a VHF radio at each helm station, radar, a depth sounder/speed log, a PA/Intercom, and a compass. We have two engines and a generator, a propane stove, an AC/DC refrigerator, a hot water heater, and a microwave. A couple of Groco EB heads, a handheld shower wand in the aft head, and an expensive anchor and electric windlass cap off the list.
That's pretty much it.
The list of gizmos we don't have is probably longer than the list of stuff we do have.
Some people would not consider this minimalist cruising at all. But we wouldn't want to give up any of it per BandB's definition. Whereas we view things like AIS, satellite phone and internet communications, an autopilot, on-board satellite TV, a DVD player or DVR with a flatscreen, radar overlay on the plotter displays, an EPIRB and a Seawise davit as nice but not necessary to our cruising. So we don't have them.